November 12, 2008 |
THE AMAZING thing about the late George Carlin isn't that he was perhaps the 20th century's greatest anti-establishment comedian - it was that he held the title for nearly five decades. Think about that. Through nine presidents. From the Vietnam War to the Iraq War. From a time when you couldn't say those seven words on television to a time when you can say anything on cable. There are other comedians who've had careers lasting 40-plus years, but how many of them were still relevant at the end?
August 30, 2006 |
The frightfully prolific playwright Neil Simon, of Brighton Beach Memoirs and Odd Couple fame, will receive the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize, which "focuses on those who create humor from their uniquely American experiences. " Simon will be honored Oct. 15 at a do featuring Jason Alexander, Richard Dreyfuss, Nathan Lane, Cyndi Lauper and Robert Redford. (It will air Nov. 20 on PBS.) The humor prize was inaugurated in '98 with honors going to Richard Pryor. Honorees include Jonathan Winters, Carl Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg and Steve Martin.
May 17, 2012 |
IT'S BEEN QUITE a week for gays: "The New Normal" was picked up by NBC; the "E! True Hollywood Story" for Joan and Melissa Rivers aired on Mother's Day; the president came out in favor of gay marriage; and Ellen DeGeneres was named the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Ellen is being honored for her stand-up work, daytime show, activism and books. According to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in D.C., recipients of the Mark Twain Prize are "people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens.
October 24, 2009 |
Cosby on dirty jokes Comedians today think a dirty mouth can replace creativity, says beloved Temple U. alum Bill Cosby. "Your dirty jokes are loaded with profanity," Cosby tells USA Today. "Our dirty jokes had innuendo. They were stories and you could see it because they would paint a picture. " On Monday, Cosby will be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Tidbits 'n' pieces Gabriel Byrne will keep his therapy license: HBO has renewed In Treatment for a third season.
November 11, 2010
TRACY MORGAN: BLACK AND BLUE. 10 p.m. Saturday, HBO. TINA FEY: THE MARK TWAIN PRIZE. 9 p.m. Sunday, Channel 12. SUNDAY ON PBS, you can see a broadcast of the Kennedy Center ceremony this week in which Upper Darby's Tina Fey became the youngest person to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The night before, you can watch the man she helped make (almost) safe enough for prime time on NBC's "30 Rock" in his first HBO special, "Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue. " So how blue is the unfiltered, un-Feyed Morgan, who was doing standup long before he was on "Saturday Night Live" or "30 Rock"?
June 24, 2008
"I love words. Thank you for hearing my words. " That's how comedian George Carlin, who died Sunday at 71, began his best-known monologue, "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," which was recorded on his 1972 album Class Clown. It would take more than seven words to sum up his long, funny, brilliant career. But when Carlin is mentioned, those seven words will be, too. You still can't say them on broadcast TV, or print them in most newspapers. But Carlin said them - to poke fun at authority, to talk dirty, and to stretch the ears and minds of his helplessly laughing listeners.
May 23, 2013 |
After more than 36 years, Rob Jennings is retiring from 6ABC at the end of July, closing out a broadcasting career of more than four decades. He joined Action News in July 1977, starting as an announcer and director, before moving on to produce Action News Crime Fighters for 16 years. It profiled criminals, leading to the arrest of nearly 200 suspects. Jennings was inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2003. Dancing queen Kellie Pickler was the winner on Tuesday's Dancing With the Stars . The 26-year-old country singer and her professional partner, Derek Hough , finished ahead of Teen Disney Channel star Zendaya , football pro Jacoby Jones , and gymnast Aly Raisman . Very funny Carol Burnett has been named the winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor - the nation's highest humor prize.
June 22, 2014 |
IT'S FINALLY here - not just Celebrityville, sillies, but America's hot, balmy summer. Warm temps, fireworks, Diddy's legendary White Party and one song that is played incessantly everywhere. This week in Celebrityville, we update the physical status of two beloved celebs as well as check on all the Hollywood types in the court docket. Yesterday "30 Rock" star Tracy Morgan , still recovering from serious injuries resulting from a vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, has been moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility, his spokesman Lewis Kay said.
April 14, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Jonathan Winters, 87, the cherubic comedian whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, has died. The Ohio native died Thursday evening at his Montecito, Calif., home of natural causes, said Joe Petro III, a longtime family friend. Mr. Winters was a pioneer of improvisational standup comedy, with an exceptional gift for mimicry, a grab bag of eccentric personalities, and a bottomless reservoir of creative energy.
October 27, 2015 |
WHEN TINA FEY won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2010, copies of Twain's massive door-stopping autobiography were distributed. From the stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, Tina said, "If there is anyone in this room who will read this book, it's my father. " There was no doubt that her father, Donald, would read the Twain book, not the least put off by its 700-plus pages, because he was a voracious reader who couldn't seem to get enough of the printed page.